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The Tool of an Authoritarian

— House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, in an interview on CNN, on President Trump’s suggesting he was wiretapped during the 2016 presidential campaign.

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LePage Says We Need an Authoritarian to Fix ‘Broken’ Constitution

Sometimes, I wonder that our Constitution is not only broken, but we need a Donald Trump to show some authoritarian power in our country and bring back the rule of law because we’ve had eight years of a president, he’s an autocrat, he just does it on his own, he ignores Congress and every single day, we’re slipping into anarchy.

— Maine Gov. Paul LePage (R), standing by Donald Trump in a radio interview, CNN reports.


Trump’s Hidden Threat

To say ‘Well, he would not really have the power to accomplish that’ is to misunderstand the nature of thin-skinned authoritarians in power. They do not arrive in office and discover, as constitutionalists do, that their capabilities are more limited than they imagined. They arrive, and then make their power as large as they can.

— Adam Gopnik, The New Yorker